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Incarnations of fatal women, or femmes fatales, recur throughout the works of women writers in the Romantic period. Adriana Craciun demonstrates how portrayals of femmes fatales played an important role in the development of Romantic women's poetic identities and affected their exploration of issues surrounding the body, sexuality and politics. Craciun covers a wide range of writers and genres from the 1790s through the 1830s and discusses the work of such well-known figures as Mary Wollstonecraft, as well as lesser-known writers like Anne Bannerman. This examination of women writers' fatal women in historical, political and medical contexts exposes a far-ranging debate on sexual difference.
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- Date Published: June 2009
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521111829
- length: 352 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.52kg
- contains: 4 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
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1. The subject of violence: Mary Lamb, femme fatale
2. Violence against difference: Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Robinson and women's strength
3. 'The aristocracy of genius': Mary Robinson and Marie Antoinette
4. Unnatural, unsexed, undead: Charlotte Dacre's gothic bodies
5. 'In seraph strains, unpitying, to destroy': Anne Bannerman's femmes fatales
6. 'Life has one vast stern likeness in its gloom': Letitia Landon's philosophy of decomposition
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